Bill’s been back in touch with his N scale backdrop:
As always I continue to look forward to your posts each morning and seeing what wonderful creations peers make and send in.
I’ve taken some days off and put together a backdrop for part of the n scale layout.
With my layouts being portable I wanted to make sure that a backdrop was portable and removable as well. So with that in mind what follows is how I made mine.
I started with getting a full 4×8 sheet of foam board that was 1 inch thick. I figured I could get a backdrop that was 16 inches tall from that and also make a 1 inch filler piece to give me a little depth to work in scenery. I also bought 2 trim strips that were 1/4 x 3 x 8 that I would use as a clamping surface.
On the layout I added a small ledge that stuck out roughly 1/2 inch and was about three feet long for the backdrop to rest on.
I cut one piece of foam board to about 8 inches wide and then traced the outline of the layout scenery on that and cut to shape. This I glued on the full 16 inch foam board with foam board adhesive. Next I drilled thru the trim pieces snd foam board and added in flat head 1/4 inch bolts and wing nuts to hold it all together.
This gave me an excuse to buy some additional clamps so I bought 4 inch capacity ratcheting clamps. Three of these are used to hold the backdrop in place once on the ledge.
Next I painted the backdrop blue and a dark green where scenery would be added. I used latex paint. Any oil based paints will give you a melting disaster.
Once the paint was dry I put it in the layout snd took some pictures so I could visualize what I wanted to paint on the backdrop while I had it at the work counter.
Next I took a few colors of brown, white, gray, and a couple of shades of green and painted out the background I wanted. Once dry I took polyfiber and added it to close the gap on the backdrop and layout. To this I added various sizes of ground foam to build up layers and make an underbrush look.
Trees were made and planted as well. Next I painted white glue on the back drop and used ground foam to give the backdrop a 3D feel behind the real 3D scale trees.
I also have added in continuations of the roads and stream on that side of the layout. While I still have more to do like adding in some building flares and some painting behind the stream and the city piece of the backdrop I’m satisfied with the results so far.
It’s been a fun little project snd makes a huge difference when watching the trains run. I’ll make another for the n scale backdrop and will do the same on the HO scale layout as well. Always fun things to do and try in model railroading
Attached is a link to a video showing how I painted and gave a 3D feel to the backdrop.
Bill in Virginia”
A huge thanks to Bill for sharing his N scale backdrop I do love his stuff – which is exactly why he’s in the Hall of Fame.
It reminds me of Heinrich’s painting a model railroad backdrop post.
And there’s Fred’s painting clouds on a backdrop too.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.
PPS More N scale layouts here if that’s your thing.